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The Golden Gate Bridge Opens to the Public On This Day In 1937

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a stunning technological and artistic achievement, opens to the public after five years of construction. On opening day–“Pedestrian Day”–some 200,000 bridge walkers marveled at the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge, which spans the Golden Gate Strait at the entrance to San Francisco Bay and connects San Francisco and Marin County. On May 28, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic.

The concept of bridging the nearly mile-wide Golden Gate Strait was proposed as early as 1872, but it was not until the early 1920s that public opinion in San Francisco began to favor such an undertaking. In 1921, Cincinnati-born bridge engineer Joseph Strauss submitted a preliminary proposal: a combination suspension-cantilever that could be built for $27 million. Although unsightly compared with the final result, his design was affordable, and Strauss became the recognized leader of the effort to bridge the Golden Gate Strait.

During the next few years, Strauss’ design evolved rapidly, thanks to the contributions of consulting engineer Leon S. Moisseiff, architect Irving F. Morrow, and others. Moisseiff’s concept of a simple suspension bridge was accepted by Strauss, and Morrow, along with his wife, Gertrude, developed the Golden Gate Bridge’s elegant Art Deco design. Morrow would later help choose the bridge’s trademark color: “international orange,” a brilliant vermilion color that resists rust and fading and suits the natural beauty of San Francisco and its picturesque sunsets. In 1929, Strauss was selected as chief engineer.

To finance the bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District was formed in 1928, consisting of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Del Norte, and parts of Mendocino and Napa counties. These counties agreed to collectively take out a large bond, which would then be paid back through bridge tolls. In November 1930, residents of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District voted 3-1 to put their homes, farms, and businesses up as collateral to support a $35 million bond to build Strauss’ Golden Gate Bridge.

Construction began on January 5, 1933, at the height of the Great Depression. Strauss and his workers overcame many difficulties: strong tides, frequent storms and fogs, and the problem of blasting rock 65 feet below the water to plant earthquake-proof foundations. Eleven men died during construction. On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to great acclaim, a symbol of progress in the Bay Area during a time of economic crisis. At 4,200 feet, it was the longest bridge in the world until the completion of New York City’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964. Today, the Golden Gate Bridge remains one of the world’s most recognizable architectural structures.

#goldengatebridge   #sanfrancisco   #california   #history   #americanhistory   #thegreatdepression  

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Good morning I liked the story of bridge informed me a lot and nice picture also :)
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The Space Conundrum

If you had the chance to go into space, and you knew you would never return to Earth again, ever, would you take it?

Maybe it's a Mars mission;  maybe it's part of a crew on a Deep Space mission. The question is, how far would you be willing to go to be a space explorer?

#spaceexploration   #astronaut   #mars   #spaceexplorer   #deepspace  

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I would go in a heartbeat. Today!
I couldn't do this, leaving my family.
If friends and family said go, I'd go.
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I would go to a very far and fast trip and come back in a few centuries (thanks to relativity)...
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Old Hollywood & New Hollywood: The Best Movie Quotes Ever

What are the best (or most memorable, or favourite) MOVIE QUOTES you can think of, off the top of your head - from any genre, any decade, any film. GO!

Off the top of my head, I can instantly think of five:

"Go ahead, make my day." - Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." - Vito Corleone, The Godfather

"E.T. phone home." - E.T. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

"Rosebud." - Charles Foster Kane, Citizen Kane

"I am big! It's the pictures that got small." - Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard

#oldhollywood   #movies   #film   #screenwriting   #moviequotes   #cinema  

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"You have sunk my battleship" Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
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Band of Brothers Motivational Posters

As this weekend in the USA is all about remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, I always make a point of re-watching Band of Brothers when I can (I've watched it in its entirety each year on Veteran's Day and some years on Memorial Day) and making sure I post some thoughts about the veterans of Easy Company.

While they were but one small part of the machine of WWII, I believe they all have amazing stories to tell - and that each soldier is in fact, Everyman.

#easycompany   #bandofbrothers   #memorialday2015  
Band of Brothers Motivational Posters - Lessons to be Learned from Veterans of Easy Company...

For Memorial Day, I finished another viewing of Band of Brothers. It's always my small way of honoring the troops and keeping their memories alive. Here's a cool set of Band of Brothers Motivational Posters.

The story of the Band of Brothers, World War II’s Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, has in recent times been made famous by historian Stephen Ambrose’s book and the HBO miniseries which chronicled their legendary exploits.

The men of Easy Company were a highly elite group; they made it through the demanding training of Camp Toccoa (including endless runs 3 miles up and 3 miles down Georgia’s Currahee Mountain), parachuted into Normandy for D-Day and Holland for Operation Market Garden, fought the Germans and the freezing cold in the Battle of the Bulge, liberated concentration camps, and secured the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountaintop retreat.

And yet these men never bragged about their service when they returned home. They simply got to work in building a life for themselves–enjoying their families, participating in their communities, and relishing the simple things in life.

Surviving members of the Band of Brothers will be the first to say that the attention given to their company is unfair, that there were plenty of other companies that were just as tough and courageous. It is simply that Easy Company has become a symbol, a representative of all the other men who gave valiant service in WWII.

Why do their stories fascinate and speak to us with such power? I think a letter written to Major Dick Winters illuminates the appeal of the Band of Brothers:

“Generals Eisenhower, Patton, and Montgomery, President Roosevelt, and Prime Minister Churchill were giants on a world stage. You and your men were different to me, though. You came from the cities, backgrounds, and places I came from. You had some of the same problems and situations. Your triumph was one of character more than ability or talent. I do not mean to imply that you or your men lacked talent and ability, but I could identify with your talents and abilities. I will never be able to speak like Churchill or have the ambition of Patton, but I can have the quiet determination of Easy Company. I can be a leader; I can be loyal; I can be a good comrade. These are the qualities that you and your men demonstrated under the harshest of conditions. Surely I can do the same in my normal life.”

Truly, these men can teach us much.

Once 16 million strong, there are now less than 2 million veterans of the Second World War still alive. And they are dying at a rate of 1,000 a day. Of the 366 men who at one point or another were part of WWII’s Easy Company (including originals, replacements, and transfers), only about 30 are still living today. 30.

#bandofbrothers #dday #worldwar2 #worldwarii #paratroopers #soldiers #memorialday #memorialday2012 #veterans #airborne #motivational #inspirational #normandy #battleofthebulge #easycompany

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Very honorable men! Thanks guys
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This has always been a favourite film, and sadly we say RIP to John Nash and his wife Alicia now...

#JohnNash   #abeautifulmind  
A Beautiful Mind

I vividly remember the first time I saw this film. I watched it alone, in a dark room, and I recall thinking that I had three screenplays in my mind that I wanted Russell Crowe to star in, after watching his performance.

He's always been one of my favourites - and this role was incredible for him. This film kept me captivated all the way to the last frames. I instantly saw him as the lead in a screenplay I had sketched out about the lives of Stanley and Livingstone in the 19th century in Africa. He is truly amazing! I think I might have to post my screenplay ideas out on G+ soon, as this  movie has been in my head for so many years now!

#abeautifulmind   #russellcrowe   #stanleyandlivingstone   #hollywood   #screenplay   #screenplaywriting  

Add this film to your Netflix queue if you've never seen it - it's worth your time!
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Thank you +Heather Kennedy​. He lived an admirable life, made a mark in society. I went back and looked into his life.

Thank you +Sean Cowen​ for this post. Hope y'all are having a wonderful morning. Hugs!!
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I'm reposting this again in the hopes it will save a few more lives. In light of my barn burning down last week, and losing my pets, I have a few additions:


1. Today, if you have additional structures on your property, like a shed or barn, immediately go and take hi-res photos of that structure. From all angles, and exactly measure the foundation of each structure. 

2. If you have anything in that structure, like tools or equipment, or lawnmowers etc -- take pictures of everything, and start a complete inventory sheet of all contents.

For the homeowner's insurance, we're havng to mentally remember all contents in our barn - all tools, all pieces of equipment. It's arduous and time-consuming. Take a weekend day this summer (or winter, where you may be) and make your list.

3. Do the same thing for all your in-house property. Take pictures of everything, make a comprehensive inventory list, and store it online or off-site. You'll be better prepared to work with insurance claims adjustors.

4. Right now - this moment - check all the batteries in your smoke alarms, and whatever you do, if you have an electric clothes dryer - check for accumulated lint! We discovered today that so much lint was in the venting that that quite possibly might have been another fire. That lint can easily combust (as can hay in a barn etc)...

5. Find out EVERYTHING you can about preventing fires (and fire-proofing your home). Until the day I die, I will probably be an insane man about fireproofing. I don't want anyone, EVER, to have to go through what I did. Protect yourselves and your family - and start making lists and planning now. Do it!!

ARE YOU PREPARED? When a Major Disaster Hits, Will You Be Ready? Getting your Plans, Kits, and Go-Bag's ready for action

I'm posting this to SAVE LIVES and to get everyone to think about PREPAREDNESS as extreme weather days are just around the corner. You can PRINT A COPY of this using the link at the bottom.

Post any additional items you think should be included, based on your past experiences. 

After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days (I say six days in my rural area; that's how long it can take to get the electricity back on). Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location.  Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily. 

Your basic emergency kit should include:

Water – one gallon per person per day
Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water
Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
First Aid kit & instructions
A copy of important documents & phone numbers
Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member.
Heavy work gloves
Disposable camera
Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
Blanket or sleeping bag
Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget water and supplies for your pets.

A component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag.

Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly.  Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.

Radio – battery operated
Dust mask
Pocket knife
Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
Local map
Some water and food
Permanent marker, paper and tape
Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
Copy of health insurance and identification cards
Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
Prescription medications and first aid supplies
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Extra keys to your house and vehicle
Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget to make a Go-bag for your pets.

#emergencypreparedness   #emergencykit   #firstaid   #gobag   #emergencysupplies   #supplies   #disasterpreparedness  

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Talk with your family about potential disasters and why it's necessary to prepare for them. Involve each member of your family in the planning process. By showing them simple steps that can increase their safety, you can help reduce their anxiety about emergencies.

Make sure everyone knows where to find your disaster supply kit and Go-bags.
Have a flashlight and a pair of shoes under everyone’s bed in case there is an earthquake during the night. Use a plastic bag tied to the leg of the bed to keep these items from moving during an earthquake.
Plan where to meet after a disaster if your home becomes unsafe. Choose two places, one just outside your home and one outside your neighborhood in case you are told to evacuate. Be sure your gas tank is always at least half full.
Determine the best escape routes from your home. Try to identify two escape routes.
Make sure each member knows who your family’s out-of-state contact is and instruct them to call this person and tell him/her where they are.
Locate the gas main and other utilities and make sure family members know when and how to turn them off.
Practice your evacuation routes, Drop, Cover & Hold and Stop, Drop & Roll drills.
Teach each member of your family how to use a fire extinguisher.
Create emergency response cards for each of your family members.
Take into account the special needs of children, seniors or people with disabilities, family members that don’t speak English and pets.

Home Safety

During a disaster, ordinary objects in your home can cause injury or damage. However, there are simple steps you can take to make your home safer. Start by viewing each room with a “disaster eye” and identify potential hazards – bookshelves that could tip over in an earthquake and block exits or heavy objects that could fall and cause injury.

Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and change batteries every 6 months.
Move beds away from windows.
Move mirrors and heavy pictures away from couches or places where people sit.
Clear hallways and exits for easy evacuation.
Store heavy items on the lowest shelves.
Keep an ABC type fire extinguishers on each level and know how and when to use them.
Strap down your water heater and fit all gas appliances with a flexible gas supply line.
Store flammable or highly reactive chemicals (such as bleach, ammonia, paint thinners) securely and separate from each other.
Secure pictures and wall hangings and use restraints to secure heavy items such as bookcases and file cabinets.
Know how and when to switch off your utilities.
Ensure that all window safety bars have emergency releases.
Be sure your home number is visible from the street so emergency vehicles can find you.


Include your children in family discussions and planning for emergency safety.
Teach your children their basic personal information so they can identify themselves and get help if they become separated from a parent or guardian.
Prepare an emergency card with information for each child, including his/her full name, address, phone number, parent’s work number and out of state contact.
Know the policies of the school or daycare center your children attend. Make plans to have someone pick them up if you are unable to get to them.
Regularly update your child’s school with current emergency contact information and persons authorized to pick up your child from school.
Make sure each child knows the family’s alternate meeting sites if you are separated in a disaster and cannot return to your home.
Make sure each child knows how to reach your family’s out-of-state contact person.
Teach children to dial their home telephone number and Emergency 9-1-1.
Teach children what gas smells like and advise them to tell an adult if they smell gas after an emergency.
Warn children never to touch wires on poles or lying on the ground.
Role-play with children to help them remain calm in emergencies and to practice basic emergency responses such as evacuation routes, Drop, Cover & Hold and Stop, Drop & Roll.
Role-play with children as to what they should do if a parent is suddenly sick or injured.
Role-play with children on what to say when calling Emergency 9-1-1.

Include a family picture and a favorite toy, game or book for each child in his/her Go-bag.
Include your child’s emergency card and include information on reunification locations and out-of-area contact.
Provide comfort food and treats for each child in your family disaster supplies kit.
Keep a recent photo of your children in your Go-bag.

Seniors & Disabled

Set up a Personal Support Network: Designate someone to check on you in an emergency and to help with evacuation or sheltering-in-place.
Prepare and carry with you an emergency health information card: This will help you to communicate if you are found unconscious or incoherent. Include information about your medications, adaptive equipment, blood type, allergies and sensitivities, insurance numbers, immunization dates, communication difficulties and preferred treatment, as well as contact information for your health providers, personal support network and emergency contacts.
Personal Care Assistance: If you receive assistance from a home healthcare agency or in-home support provider, find out how the provider will respond in an emergency. Designate backup or alternative providers that you can contact in an emergency.
For Persons Using a Wheelchair: Plan for how you will evacuate in an emergency and discuss it with your care providers. If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a manual wheelchair as a backup.
For Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired: Keep an extra cane by your bed. Attach a whistle; in case you need to attract attention. Exercise caution when moving, paths may have become obstructed.
For Persons who are Hearing Impaired: Keep extra batteries for your hearing aids with emergency supplies. Consider storing your hearing aids in a container attached to your nightstand or bedpost, so you can locate them quickly after a disaster.
For persons with Communication Disabilities: Store paper, writing materials, copies of a word or letter board and preprinted key phrases in your emergency kit, your wallet, purse, etc.



Keep a collar, current license and up-to date ID tags on your pet at all times. Consider having your pet micro-chipped.
Make sure your pet is comfortable being in a crate, box, cage, or carrier for transport.
Keep an updated list of trusted neighbors who could assist your animals in case of an emergency.
Tighten and secure latches on birdcages. Fasten down aquariums on low stands or tables.

Make a Go-bag for each pet. Include:

Sturdy leashes and pet carriers. A pillowcase is a good option for transporting cats and other small animals. Muzzles for dogs. Food, potable water and medicine for at least one week
Non-spill bowls, manual can opener and plastic lid
Plastic bags, litter box and litter
Recent photo of each pet
Names and phone numbers of your emergency contact, emergency veterinary hospitals and animal shelters
Copy of your pet’s vaccination history and any medical problems
Portable fencing or baby gates


Remember that animals react differently under stress. Keep dogs securely leashed and transport cats in carriers or pillowcases.
If your pet is lost, contact the nearest animal shelter to report your pet missing. When it is safe, return to your neighborhood to search and distribute “Lost Pet” posters; include a current picture of your pet.


Locate all your animals and keep them with you. Be aware that shelters will only allow service animals. In a large-scale disaster, animal shelters will be set up when possible. 

If you must leave your pets behind:

Inform animal rescue workers of your pets’ status: On your front door or in a highly visible window, use chalk, paint or marker to write the number and types of pets in your residence. Include their location in your home and the date that you evacuated.
Leave plenty of water in a large, open container that cannot be tipped over.
Leave plenty of food in timed feeders to prevent your pet from overeating.
Do not tie up your pet in your home.


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Natural gas leaks can cause an explosive and flammable atmosphere inside a building.


Natural gas leaks can cause fires and explosions inside a building.

If you smell gas, hear gas escaping, see a broken gas line, or if you suspect a leak, shut off the main valve and open all windows and doors.
Never use candles or matches if you suspect a leak. Do not turn on electrical switches or appliances.
Identify the main shutoff valve, located on the gas line coming into the main gas meter. This is usually on the exterior of your home or building, or in an external closet. Your main valve may look like this: 

To turn gas off, give the valve a quarter turn in either direction. When the lever crosses the direction of the pipe (see below) the gas is off.

Keep a crescent wrench or gas shut-off tool nearby to turn the lever.
Never attempt to turn your gas back on. Wait for your utility company to do it. This may take several days.


Electrocution can result from direct contact with live wires or anything that has been energized by these wires.

Locate your main electric switch, which is normally in the garage or outdoors. The panel box may have a flip switch or pull handle on a large circuit breaker.
Shut off electricity when:
Arcing or burning occurs in electrical devices.
There is a fire or significant water leak.
You smell burning insulation.
The area around switches or plugs is blackened and/ or hot to the touch.
A complete power loss is accompanied by the smell of burning material.


Water leaks can cause property damage and create an electrocution hazard.

After a major earthquake, shut off your water supply to protect the water in your house. Cracked pipes may allow contaminants into the water supply in your home.
The water shutoff is usually located in the basement, garage or where the water line enters the home. The water shutoff is located on a riser pipe and is usually a red or yellow wheel. Turn wheel clockwise to shut off.

Sewer Service

A disaster that disrupts all or part of the City’s water and/or sewer lines could affect the way you deal with human waste.

If there is no water in your toilet, but the sewer lines are intact, pour 3-5 gallons of water into the toilet bowl to flush. You may use seawater, bath, laundry or pool water.
If you suspect damage to your home’s water lines, do NOT flush the toilet. Turn off water at the house so contaminated water does not enter your water system.
If sewer lines are broken, line bowl with double-bagged garbage bags to collect waste. Before discarding, add a small amount of bleach; then seal the bag and place in a tightly covered container, away from people.
If the toilet is unusable, use a sturdy bucket with a tight fitting lid, and line it with a double-bagged plastic garbage bag.


When a disaster occurs, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days, or even weeks. Store enough emergency food to provide for your family for at least 3 days (I'd do six days or longer in my rural area).

Store food items that are familiar, rather than buying special emergency food. Consider any dietary restrictions and preferences you may have.
Ideal foods are: Shelf-stable (no refrigeration required), low in salt, and do not require cooking (e.g. canned fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, jam, low-salt crackers, cookies, cereals, nuts, dried fruit, canned soup or meats, juices and non-fat dry milk).
Mark a rotation date on any food container that does not already have an expiration date on the package.
Include baby food and formula or other diet items for infants or seniors.
Store the food in airtight, pest-resistant containers in a cool, dark place.
Most canned foods can safely be stored for at least 18 months. Low acid foods like meat products, fruits or vegetables will normally last at least 2 years. Use dry products, like boxed cereal, crackers, cookies, dried milk or dried fruit within six months.
After a power outage, refrigerated food will stay cold longer if you keep the door closed. Food should generally be consumed within 4 hours. Food in the freezer will normally remain safe for 2 days.

Drinking Water

In a disaster, water supplies may be cut off or contaminated. Store enough water for everyone in your family to last for at least 3 days.

Store one gallon of water per person, per day. Three gallons per person per day will give you enough to drink and for limited cooking and personal hygiene. Remember to plan for pets.

If you store tap water:

Tap water from a municipal water system can be safely stored without additional treatment.
Store water in food grade plastic containers, such as clean 2-liter soft drink bottles. Heavy duty, reusable plastic water containers are also available at sporting goods stores. Empty milk bottles are not recommended because their lids do not seal well and bottles may develop leaks.
Label and store in a cool, dark place.
Replace water at least once every six months.

If you buy commercially bottled “spring” or “drinking” water:

Keep water in its original container, and don’t re-store a bottle once it’s been opened.
Store in a cool, dark place.
If bottles are not marked with the manufacturer’s expiration date, label with the date and replace bottles at least once per year.

Treating Water after Disaster:

If you run out of stored drinking water, strain and treat water from your water heater or the toilet reservoir tank (except if you use toilet tank cleaners). Swimming pool or spa water should not be consumed but you can use it for flushing toilets or washing.

Treatment Process:

Strain any large particles of dirt by pouring the water through layers of paper towels or clean cloth. Next, purify the water one of two ways:

Boil – bring to a rolling boil and maintain for 3-5 minutes. After the water cools, pour it back and forth between two clean containers to add oxygen back; this will improve its taste.
Disinfect – If the water is clear, add 8 drops (1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of water. If it is cloudy, add 16 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per gallon. Make sure you are using regular bleach— 5.25% percent sodium hypochlorite— rather than the “ultra” or “color safe” bleaches. Shake or stir, then let stand 30 minutes. A slight chlorine taste and smell is normal.

First Aid

In any emergency, you or a family member may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. Keep the following basic first aid supplies so you are prepared to help when someone is hurt.

Two pairs of disposable gloves
Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect
Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
Burn ointment
Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
Over-the-counter medicines such as Aspirin or other pain reliever, laxative, anti-diarrhea medication
Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine, or asthma inhaler
Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose monitoring equipment or blood pressure monitors


A component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly.  Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.

Radio – battery operated
Dust mask
Pocket knife
Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
Local map
Some water and food
Permanent marker, paper and tape
Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
Copy of health insurance and identification cards
Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
Prescription medications and first aid supplies
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Extra keys to your house and vehicle
Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget to make a Go-bag for your pets.


Plan for how you will communicate with loved ones after a disaster.

Long-distance phone lines often work before local phone lines, so identify an out-of-state contact and provide this person with the contact information of people you want to keep informed of your situation. Share this information with your family and friends locally.
Avoid making non-urgent phone calls after a disaster – even if phone lines are un-damaged, increased phone traffic can jam phone circuits.
Cordless phones or phone systems require electricity; make sure you have a backup phone that requires no electricity.
Keep coins in your Go-bag. Payphones may work before other phone lines.
Don’t count on your cell phone - increased traffic on cell phone networks can quickly overload wireless capacity.
Record an outgoing message on your voicemail so that callers can be re-assured of your safety status.
Learn how to use text messaging. It uses a different part of the cell phone network and it might be possible to send and receive text messages when voice channels for mobile phones and land lines are jammed.
Register your email addresses and wireless devices (mobile phones, pagers and PDAs) at your local Emergency Preparedness agency (if available). In the San Francisco Bay Are, they have .. When possible, the City will send text alerts about potential hazards and/or post disaster information. Examples include tsunami warnings and local disaster shelter locations.
After an earthquake, check all your telephones to be sure they have not shaken off the hook and are tying up a line.

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+Ian Vaughan That post is from a while back. Firearms were needed to end my babies suffering, and did so. Not saying any more on this.
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The Final Syndicated The Far Side Comic by Gary Larson

The final syndicated The Far Side cartoon appeared in newspapers January 1, 1995. It has 2 panels which give a nod to The Wizard of Oz. A Glinda the Good Witch-type character tell "Gary" that he can go home any time by clicking his heels together and saying "There's no place like home."

Then "Gary" wakes up from the dream surrounded by family members that look just like regular Far Side characters. He tells them about his dream in which all the cows, cavemen, nerdy kids, etc. resembled them. 

It's perfect. You can find it in Volume 2, page 594 of The Complete Far Side.

#thefarside   #garylarson   #comicstrip   #surrealism   #comic   #surrealistichumor  

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+Graham Knights I was thinking the same thing. Twenty years?!? Damn. But so great during its time...
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Game of Thrones Cello Cover: Break of Reality

Not sure how I missed this a while back, but excellent work. Passionate!

Filmed at Kolo Klub in Hoboken, NJ. Produced by Break of Reality. Set stylist and direction: Heather Sanders (Tutu and Betz). Cellists: Patrick Laird, Laura Metcalf and Brook Speltz. Percussionist: Ivan Trevino.

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Homeless Andy by Lee Jeffries

The angst, the suffering, all human emotions can be seen on Andy's face. This is a true picture of homelessness in America.

Few people ever care about the homeless. Why would they? It has nothing to do with them. But really, it has everything to do with them (you) because how we treat the lowest people in our society (or in any country's society) reflects on who we are as a nation.

What kind of people are we? Who do we stand up for? I stand up for those who need help; those peope who are experiencing hard times, and may be down on their luck. I stand up for people who can't help themselves, at that moment in their lives, and who need a little push and encouragement. 

Seeing a picture like this kills me, and makes me sad to be an American on some days. All this Bible Thumping and so few people ready to stand for a cause, and to help their fellow man (or woman). It sickens me. Human kindness should be our aspiration 365 days a year. We should have learned all the lessons from A Christmas Carol, but we never did, and we rarely do.

Circle +Helping Others and help me support others who are trying to make a difference. Who are trying, one Andy at a time, to make a goddamn difference! And do whatever you can to help the Andy's you run across in your neighbourhoods.

#homelessness   #homeless   #helpingothers   #doinggood   #miami  

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Cowboy Happiness

How happy would you say you are, overall?

Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics.

There has been a transition over time from emphasis on the happiness of virtue to the virtue of happiness.

A widely discussed political value expressed in the United States Declaration of Independence of 1776, written by Thomas Jefferson, is the universal right to "the pursuit of happiness."

Happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean many different things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components. Related concepts are well-being, quality of life and flourishing. At least one author defines happiness as contentment. Some commentators focus on the difference between the hedonistic tradition of seeking pleasant and avoiding unpleasant experiences, and the eudaimonic tradition of living life in a full and deeply satisfying way.

The 2012 World Happiness Report stated that in subjective well-being measures, the primary distinction is between cognitive life evaluations and emotional reports. Happiness is used in both life evaluation, as in “How happy are you with your life as a whole?”, and in emotional reports, as in “How happy are you now?,” and people seem able to use happiness as appropriate in these verbal contexts. Using these measures, the World Happiness Report identifies the countries with the highest levels of happiness.

So, again, how happy would you say you were, right now? And if you're not happy, what would it take to get you to that happiness?

#psychology   #happiness   #wellbeing  


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I would say I'm deeply unhappy, but I don't remember what happiness feels like, so I doubt I'd know if I felt it again. I'm working on changing the antagonistic elements in my life, though, so hopefully I'll find happiness again.
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Preserve Your Treasured Meories - Convert Slides and Negatives into JPEG's

This is something I've wanted for a while - a way of converting old slides and film negatives into jpeg's. It's from Hammacher Schlemmer (which usually is pricy) but this isn't bad at a buck-fifty. Now, if there was a converter also for existing photos, that would be cool, too.

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Thanks for this! I spent countless evenings watching slides in my grandparent's darkened living room as a kid. Someone in the family might want to preserve them digitally.
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Yes, that is excellent.  Of course you do know that the new slogan of the ultra-conservatives will now be: "If you want to gay marry, move to Ireland.".  :-) 
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As a member of Google+ Advocates (Official Google group (private) with 34 members worldwide) I always strive to help other people and I continually serve as an Ambassador for Google+. Now, as a member of the Google+ Partners (a much larger group: 15k members) I can help other Plussers with all of the facets of Google+ experience.

I started on Google+ back in June of 2011, and I think I've learned a thing or two along the way. I live on a farm in (I kid you not) Hicksville, Ohio. Surrounded by cornfields and soybeans. My driveway is a 1/4 mile long and the nearest neighbors are about a mile away. Yes, very Walking Dead isolated!

I tend to be an eclectic writer; I often post on topics such as world travel, NASA, literature, science, archaeology, steampunk, space, technology and sci-fi. I'm as apt to post about vintage retro robots as I am to post about a new tech gadget, or a book I've just completed. I'm a major fan of Tolkien and anything Star Wars, a fan of classic poetry and literature, and emerging writers. I'm an amateur WWII and Civil War historian as well.

My posts generally have some sort of wow or cool factor to them (I strive for the *fun and interesting* label always), and as I've done somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000+ posts at this point, I think I've put together a pretty good collection of writings.

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A bit more about me... I'm also a huge fan of photography, art, illustration, comics, music, and films. I've been a rare bookseller and book scout for over 15 years. Formerly, I lived in Prague, the Czech Republic (in Central Europe) for almost eight years where I managed a catering business, was a barista, rolled beer barrels in an Irish pub, wrote a few films, wrote a lot of poetry, rubbed elbows with Literati who visited Praha and where I was a bookseller at The Globe Bookstore and Cafe, the first English-speaking bookshop in Central Europe.

Places I have visited: Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, NASA. Places I have lived: Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, California, Ohio, Prague, and for one, brief shining moment, Dingle Ireland.

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